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‘A pale granite dream, afloat on its own reflection’

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Mitchell Henry’s final days in Kylemore were sad ones. His adored wife Margaret had died at 45 years-of-age, and rested in a simple brick mausoleum in the grounds of his palatial Kylemore Castle. His political life, into which he put a great deal of personal effort, advocating on behalf of all Irish tenants the rights for them to own their own land, was out manoeuvred by Charles Stewart Parnell and the Land League. Henry described the Land League methods as ‘dishonest, demoralising and unchristian’. He probably was not surprised to lose his Galway seat in the general election of 1885. He blamed ‘Parnalite intimidation’.

Intimate new development launches in Lenaboy Gardens

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The Gallery at Lenaboy Gardens, Salthill, a luxury development of just nine units in total, launches this weekend with the four bed townhouse open for viewing. This is the latest new development by the Highgate Group, which brought the beautiful Cuas na hEala — an exclusive development of just nine A-rated detached homes located on the Barna Road — to market last year.

The only show in town was Charles Stewart Parnell

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Week IV

A different type of politics was needed

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When Mitchell Henry entered Westminster parliament in 1871 he went with hope in his heart and a mission to tell the British people the precarious circumstances of the Irish tenant farmer. In many ways he resembled Jefferson Smith in the Frank Cappa film ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington’ where a naive, idealistic young man has plans to change America.* Mitchell Henry, a liberal, kindly man, had plans to be a voice for the Irish tenant farmer within, what he believed, was a paternalistic landlord system, but he walked into a political cauldron, waiting to explode.

Hometown gig in Roisin Dubh for Donohue

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Born and raised in Galway City, Donohue grew up bound for music.

Autumn poetry workshops via Galway Arts Centre

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Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three online poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet.

O’Loughlin’s cavalry protected the king

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The arrival of British royalty on Irish shores in recent times, is usually greeted with genuine interest and curiosity, and a sense of welcome and respect, while extreme nationalists have to grin and bear it.

GRETB Beauty Therapist Traineeship Course in Tuam

A new Beauty Therapist Traineeship will be starting in Tuam in October 2022.

Bankruptcy and scandal plagued the brilliant Wilde family

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‘Westward Ho! Let us rise with the sun, and be off to the land of the west - to the lakes and streams - the grassy glens and fern-clad gorges - the bluff hills and rugged mountains - now cloud-capped, then revealed in azure, or bronzed by evening’s tints, as the light of day sinks into the bold swell of the Atlantic….’

Belcarra: A seventeenth-century assizes town

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Belcarra was bathed in the sunshine last Friday. The air conditioning in the car was insufficient to combat the record-breaking temperatures, so a stop off at Cunningham’s Costcutter for a cold drink on the way to the historic Ballinafad House was required. The beauty and tranquillity of this carefully manicured, quiet, rural hamlet belie the fact that Belcarra was at the centre of the justice system in the county for a brief time in the seventeenth century.

 

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